CAPE CANAVERAL – NASA’s historic moonshot pad was back in business as a Spacex rocket blasted off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39a on Sunday.
The Falcon Rocket was visible for just seconds before ducking into clouds on its way to the International Space Station with a load of supplies.
A minute or two later, the Spacex Dragon supply ship successfully reached orbit. Astronauts flew to the moon from Launch Complex 39a nearly a half-century ago.
The pad was last used for NASA’s final shuttle mission nearly six years ago. Sunday’s launch was Spacex’s first from Florida since a rocket explosion last summer.
As an extra special treat, Spacex landed the booster rocket back at Cape Canaveral following liftoff, for only the third time. In the past, NASA has always landed spacecraft by parachutes in the ocean, so this is quite amazing to watch. That flight was conducted by the commercial resupply services contracted through NASA.
No word on when the next resupply launch will take place.